John Paul II / Karol Wojtyla (1920 - 2005)

His pontificate passed away last night. For a man who was pretty much the most conservative man alive by definition, he was actually surprisingly radical. He had good sides and bad sides, and one shouldn't make him completely a saint or a sinner after his death. He did good things (I was particularly happy he was such a strong defender of human rights), and he did bad things (announcing that condoms don't stop aids, condemning homosexuality etc). I'm very excited to hear who the next one will be.

Anyone interested in his long and interesting life should read the New York Times mammoth 21-page obituary.


Blogger Sara said...

Better yet: imagine the befuddled look he'll be sporting as he enters the 9th gate of hell and some minion mutters 'yeah, sorry dude, the right answer was Mormons'.

April 03, 2005 11:29 pm  
Blogger Ragnfrid Trohaug said...

"Hey! John Paul! We got a message to you from Muhammed."

But seriously, folks: anybody ever think about the fact that he was named after two of the Beatles?

April 04, 2005 12:44 am  
Blogger MGL said...

Durrr... that last comment was me.

April 04, 2005 12:46 am  
Blogger Sara said...

Well, they decided "George Ringo the Pious" was just too lame, an no wonder, really.

April 04, 2005 2:25 am  

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